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Carey Purcell is a New-York based reporter, author and theater critic. She writes about entertainment, pop culture, politics and current events from a feminist perspective.

Carey’s work has been published in The New York Times, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Politico, The Guardian, The Nation, American Theatre Magazine, Dame Magazine and numerous other publications. Read more.



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Published: Get in, Losers: We’re Learning How the Mean Girls Musical Got Made

Originally published on Vanity Fair Hollywood View this story online “Bitches get shit done!” Coming from soft-spoken Nell Benjamin, this foul language is slightly surprising. But the sentiment—first declared by Tina Fey in 2008 on Saturday Night Live, subbing in the word “stuff”—is fitting. Benjamin, a … Continue reading

Published: A Perilous Flight From Afghanistan Skillfully Staged in Manhattan

Originally published on The Culture Trip View this story online  An aura of mystery surrounds Flight. It begins with the quiet, wood-paneled elevator inside the McKittrick Hotel that transports audience members to a room resembling a narrow train car. As they … Continue reading

Published: How Much Do You Know About Your Cleaning Lady?

Originally published on TDF Stages View this story online Martyna Majok conjures an all-female immigrant community in queens — It’s fitting that Martyna Majok’s new play queens opens at Lincoln Center Theater’s Claire Tow Theater on March 5, 2018. The world-premiere drama explores … Continue reading

Published: ‘Let the Men Be as Bland as Possible’: An Interview With [Porto] Playwright Kate Benson

Originally published on The Village Voice View this story online  The world is not suffering from a shortage of thinkpieces and essays about urban millennial women. Analyses of relationships dependent on technology, reports of professional advancement (or lack thereof) while … Continue reading

Published: How Cynthia Von Buhler Turned A Crowdfunded Party Into A Lavish Illuminati Ball

Originally published on View this story online Playwright Robert Anderson famously said, “You go into show business to make a killing, not a living.” But Cynthia von Buhler can say, quite literally, that she has done one by staging … Continue reading

Published: Sexism Is a Problem in the Polyamorous Community, Too

Originally published on View this story online The morning after a date, Hannah* woke up with what she described as “all the feelings.” She and Greg* had met the night before for scotch and cigars. She had dressed up … Continue reading

Published: Theater: Say Something Bunny! Re-Animates a Family’s Mysteries

Originally published on The Culture Trip View this story online  The everyday becomes enthralling in Say Something Bunny!, a surprising new show that discovers compelling mysteries where the most intrepid sleuths wouldn’t expect to find them. Created by husband-and-wife team Alison … Continue reading

Published: Hayley Mills Shows Her Party Face Off-Broadway

Originally published on The Culture Trip View this story online The definition of what constitutes a good party differs from person to person. For some, top-shelf liquor makes the night. For others, it’s the company and conversation. The adventurous gauge … Continue reading